Contrast Rainsford and Zaroff of "The Most Dangerous Game"
Question Posted Monday September 28 2009, 11:01 pm
I'm writing and essay on comparing and contrasting Rainsford and Zaroff, and I'm having some troubles with the difference. Obviously, I know that Rainsford hunts animals while Zaroff hunts people. I also have that while Rainsford values human life, Zaroff does not. I need to find two more.
Does anyone have any other ideas?
[ Answer this question ] Want to answer more questions in the Work & School category? Maybe give some free advice about: School? hitler_the_goat answered Tuesday September 29 2009, 6:29 am: both characters are similar, and have similar interests, but different prey. though I might add that rainsford seemed like the type that would be more straightforwrd about killing his prey, while zaroff seems to play with it like a cat. sort of a psychological intimidation, his prey is sentient(in that it knows its being hunted and is under a ridiculous amount of mental stress because of it). zaroff knows this, and makes it a factor to increase his own pleasure. also, look at the weapon that zaroff uses; its barely adequate for the task, whereas rainsford would use large caliber rifles to hunt animals for more reasons than just hunting larger prey. a 50 caliber elephant gun back in the day could bring down an elephant easily over medium distances with less targeting discipline than you would need to bring down a human with a .22
his weapon choice is made to make the hunt more even, closer, and more personal, so that he can have a better, more intimate relationship with his prey, whilst rainsford would just blast the cape buffalo, or whatever he's hunting, from a safer distance. he's looking for trophies, while zaroff is looking for the thrill. two entirely different things.
course, the last time I read this story was in 1999.
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es answered Tuesday September 29 2009, 12:56 am: Their psychology contrasts. Zaroff finds what he is doing completely normal. He sees hunting people as a game rather than murder. And this, to him is completely sane. Rainsford, obviously sees it as insanity.
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